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Troy (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2004)

A movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen

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Troy : The Iliad as Camelot : King Arthur

  • Nov 17, 2008
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If "Camelot" is the romanticized version of "King Arthur", then "The Iliad" went through an extreme makeover for "Troy".

There are enough pretty faces to launch several thousand ships, and I'm not even talking about Helen here. The main attractions are ripped biceps, chiseled chins, sculpted chests and smooth, bronzed legs.

This is another arrow-full movie, with lots of big battle scenes and gritty hand-to-hand combat, but be warned that an entire battle can be halted at the drop of a helmet, if the commanders decide to take a break for the day.

The entire background story on Achilles (Brad Pitt) is shelved, so that when an arrow hits him in the wrong place, much of the dramatic impact of the scene is unfortunately lost.

The story goes like this:

Between Troy and Greece there's no more strife
Until Paris steals a Spartan's wife
Menelaus wants the lovers dead
And Agamemnon's greed goes to his head.

To War! They launch a thousand ships
To shower Troy with arrow tips
Achilles storms the sandy beach
With fifty men he makes a breach

Fights an army, skirt a' twirl
Spares Hector's life, and gets a girl
Then he steps back from the fray
And prepares his ship to sail away

The battle takes a sudden twist
Someone dies, Achilles gets pissed
Hidden in a horse's rump
They enter Troy, and out they jump

Sack and pillage, loot and rape
Burn it down, but some escape
Troy's in ruins, men are dead
Agamemnon should have stayed home in bed.

Bana's great, Pitt does his duty
Diane is cute, but no great beauty
Cox is good, O'Toole is limp
Orlando plays a romantic wimp

Gleeson blusters, Sean Bean shines
Hollywood glows while Homer pines
The book is better, it's got Gods
The movie? Three and one half nods


Amanda Richards

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review by . April 30, 2009
If you liked the recent King Arthur or the Lord of the Rings movies, you should like this one. Everything about it was excellent from the cinematography, to the acting, with excellent action. The battle between Hector and Achilles is epic. Peter O'Toole is excellent, in probably his best role in years.     The makers took great liberties changing the story around from the myth with great success. Having known about the Trojan horse and how everything was going to work out in …
review by . December 13, 2008
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review by . September 06, 2008
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review by . February 27, 2005
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review by . February 01, 2005
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Based loosely on Homer's Iliad, this film recreates the Trojan war in telescoped form, compressing a decade and more of momentous events into a few weeks of political maneuvering and a few days of outright fighting. It succeeds in a variety of ways.     It creates an authentic seeming eastern Mediterranean bronze age world, not infected by the latter day Greece of classical times (which is more familiar to us), and thereby establishes a convincing cultural backdrop for the decisions …
review by . May 29, 2004
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Pros: Spectacular battle scene, Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Achilles.      Cons: Omission of Greek gods directly effecting events detracts from the story.     The Bottom Line: Troy the movie is spectacular. And while the story does not remain true to what Homer penned some 3,000 years ago, it does offer plenty of engaging, old-fashioned action.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Like most children …
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There are many reasons to recommendTroyas a good ol' fashioned Hollywood epic, especially if you've never read Homer'sThe Iliad. Dispensing with Greek gods altogether, this earnestly massive production (budgeted at upwards of $200 million) will surely offend historians and devoted students of the classics (for them, there's theHistory Channel's Troy). But there's politics aplenty in the grand-scale war that erupts when Trojan prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) makes off with Helen (blandly beautiful German model Diane Kruger), wife of Spartan ruler Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), whose brother, the Greek king Agamemnon (Brian Cox) prods him into enraged retaliation. Greek warrior Achilles (Brad Pitt) brings lethal force to his battles (and there are many of them, mostly impressive), and his Trojan counterpart, Paris's brother Hector (Eric Bana), adds even more buffed-up beefcake to a film so chock-full o' hunks that there's barely room for Peter O'Toole (doing fine work as Trojan king Priam) and even less for Julie Christie, appearing ever-so-briefly as Achilles's melancholy mother. The drama is nearly as arid as the sun-baked locations (Mexico and Malta) that stand in for the Aegean coast, and many critics suggested that Pitt (who valiantly tries to give Achilles some tormented dimension) was simply miscast. But when you consider that Wolfgang Petersen also madeThe Perfect Storm, there's nothing wrong with enjoyingTroyas a semi-guilty ...
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Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Foreign, War
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
Runtime: 163 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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